George scores 31 points, Pacers beat LeBron-less Cavs 103-93
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Paul George scored 21 points and the Indiana Pacers took advantage off the resting LeBron James' absence to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-93 on Wednesday night.
Jeff Teague added 20 points and eight assists, and Thaddeus Young had 16 points to help the Pacers improve to 6-1 at home and 6-6 overall.
James sat out for the first time this season. Averaging 23.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, he rested after playing Tuesday night in a home victory over Toronto. Guard J.R. Smith also missed the game because of a sprained right ankle.
Kevin Love led Cleveland with 27 points and 16 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving had 24 points and seven assists.
Indiana led 80-68 lead after three quarters. The Cavaliers cut it to four points midway through the fourth, but the Pacers put it away with a 9-2 run. C.J. Miles hit a 3-pointer for the game's largest lead – 97-84 with 5:10 remaining.